RCC wins first edition of National Case Competition

Last month RCC organized the first edition of the National Case Competition. Our club, Strategy & Consulting (RSM full-time MBA), Maastricht Student Consulting and De Kleine Consultant from Tilburg were challenged during a full-day case in Wavespace, the innovation hub of EY in Amsterdam. We’re proud we took the award back to Rotterdam! Congratulations to our winning team.

 

RCC x zeb consulting: Storytelling

We are really excited with the relationship that we have built with zeb consulting this year! After a successful introductory event and a visit to their office in Vienna, we held a successful storytelling event. Different cases were presented and tips were given to our students. zeb consultants gave us inside tips to be well-prepared for case studies. We learned how to solve and present business cases more efficiently, and use story telling to be more convincing. Networking drinks at Paviljoen were a good ending to yet another successful event!

 

RCC goes to Vienna

It has become custom that the Rotterdam Consulting Club organizes a trip to a foreign city each academic year, combining international company events with the possibility to discover a new place with fellow club members. The foreign trip committee of 2018/19, Dominic, Jeroen, Joni, Maaike, Ping and Sebastian, selected Vienna as this year’s destination.

For most of us, the trip started at the Rotterdam Central station on Wednesday morning March 26th, whereas others joined later at Schiphol airport. After a couple of hours of travelling and getting to know each other better we finally arrived at our accommodation at the Naschmarkt in Vienna. This, however, did not mean that it was time to relax – quite the opposite – the city was waiting to be discovered. For many of us, the first night meant getting to know Vienna through its cuisine, with a traditional schnitzel, or dumplings for the vegetarians. After filling our stomachs, we started the trip with a local pub-crawl that left us to explore sometimes even unexpected places!

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The next day started with a good breakfast, after which it was time for our first company event. We were invited by Roland Berger to come to their office in the heart of the city to discuss their new Smart City study and get practical insights into the life of a consultant at Roland Berger. The morning was filled with the presentation of Mr. Hilbert, partner in the Financial Service practice who shared his path into strategy consulting and gave insights into his daily work as a partner at Roland Berger. Moreover, we discussed how established banks are dealing with the challenges of changing market environments and the speed startups disrupt the banking space. Afterwards, Mr. Falb, the head of the office gave a very interesting talk about Roland Berger’s new study on Smart Cities. We found out that Vienna had been selected as the smartest city in the world due to its great efforts in the mobility and education area, as well as the sophisticated planning and coordination efforts for its future strategy. Mr. Falb gave great insights into the different measurements of the study and explained what distinguishes Vienna from the emerging cities in China and SE Asia. The morning ended with great food and a discussion about challenges cities are facing.

yIMG_3608 yIMG_3623The afternoon was left free for everyone to discover Vienna on their own. Some walked around the city, some rented electric scooters and roomed around. Some explored the hidden gems of Vienna, while others went to explore the Natural History Museums or the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

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A stay in Vienna would not be complete without the obligatory Wiener Schnitzel, which we had in a traditional and rustic Austrian restaurant. Freshly strengthened, and with the knowledge from the prior night, we dove into Vienna’s nightlife. Not only the nice music, but also the student friendly prices made the night a great success.

yIMG_3653 yIMG_3656Friday morning, we visited zeb consulting, who shared their PowerPoint strategy with our members. From the basics, such as content structure and layout, to small insights and tips & tricks used in the day-to-day consultant life; we were given the complete palette of applying PowerPoint successfully. The content of this event was new and informative and ended with a good feedback session.

In the afternoon, we continued our day with an event with Arthur D. Little working on a typical case study, yet the description typical does not do justice to the case. Members were to develop a strategy that enhances innovation for different established corporations. The challenge: we were given extensive space to come up with a creative but also plausible strategy for the company, be it the corporation with a startup or launching a venture capital incubator. The case was followed by an extensive Q&A session, where everyone had the opportunity to network and demonstrate further knowledge far beyond the actual presentation. After the work was done, drinks and snacks were waiting for us at the rooftop. Here, in a relaxed atmosphere, we got to hear more about what it is like to be a consultant at Arthur D. Little.

As Friday was our last night, we decided to end this trip properly in to the club Volksgarten. Unknowingly this turned out to be a great choice, not only because of good music, good atmosphere and good people, but also because at some point the roof opened, turning the location into an open-air club! Without going into detail: a night to remember.

Not only a night to remember, but a trip to remember! Saturday we were sad to leave this beautiful city, but we left with a lot of great memories, and knowing of the many great opportunities waiting for us. Once again, we would like to thank Roland Berger, zeb consulting, Arthur D. Little and the icons, the student consultancy in Vienna, for hosting us and enabling us to have these interesting and diverse events. Certainly, this trip marked one of the highlights of the year as RCC member.

 

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BCG

RCC invited 25 Dutch-speaking students to participate during an inhouse day at the BCG office in Amsterdam. At the office the students were welcomed by a large group of BCG consultants who introduced the company to them. Together with their teams, the students started working on a case where they had to advise a Dutch electronics producer on their future sales strategy. After having finished their analysis, all students presented their findings to be judged by BCG experts. Subsequently, everyone headed to drinks where students had plenty of room to ask their questions and network with BCG consultants in a more informal setting.

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Advanced Case Interview Workshop with Nicolas Constantinesco

Nicolas Constantinesco joined us for the third and last time this academic year, to give our members and advanced case interview workshop. This session built on the last two  trainings and served to help going from ‘good to great’. We explored best practices in the areas of problem solving, communication and behavior. Thank you Nicolas and we are looking forward to our collaboration next year!

 

DHL Consulting & CaseSolvers

The weekend of 9th and 10th of February were a case-camp for RCCers. DHL Consulting and CaseSolvers teamed up to give us two days of training, preparations and case-solving, together with a CV check.

CaseSolvers trainers provided us with two workshops which covered both the interviewer and interviewee perspectives. During the weekend, we solved 12 real-life cases which were developed by CaseSolvers. After each case, we received personal feedback from either the trainers or DHL consultants. On Saturday night, we moved to a more informal setting to network with the consultants and Case Solvers over a glass of beer.

Thank you DHL Consulting & CaseSolvers for this event!

Strategy& Germany

In the end of February, the German office of Strategy& came to visit the Erasmus University campus to meet the RCC Exclusive Members!

During this afternoon session, our members had the chance to meet Strategy& consultants, network and get to know more about the company. Strategy& introduced themselves, introduced their culture, methods and project experience.

The event followed with an informal networking drink where members and consultants talked and got to know each other!

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